October 20, 2013

Bruins light up Bishop, breeze by Bolts

By Jesse Connolly

Shawn Thornton congratulates Tuukka Rask after his 23-save shutout victory over the Lightning. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 5, Tampa Bay 0

Recap: After getting on the board less than 90 seconds in thanks to David Krejci's first of the season, the B's blew the game open in the second period. 

Adam McQuaid buried his first goal of the season with a wrister that found its way past Bishop thanks to a screen by Jarome Iginla in front. Some fancy passing by Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron led to the latter scoring to make it 3-0.

When Chris Kelly buried a nifty feed from Brad Marchand to put the Bruins up by four, Bolts coach Jon Cooper yanked Bishop, putting Anders Lindback between the pipes. In the third, Shawn Thornton closed out the scoring with -- hey, haven't I written this line a dozen times already? -- his first of the season 34 seconds into the third.

Records: Boston 5-2-0, 10 points; Tampa Bay 5-3-0, 10 points

Key Play of the Game: It's hard to pinpoint a time where it ever felt like the Lightning were in this one, but you could pretty much turn the lights out after Bergeron's goal.

Connolly's Commendations: He only had an assist, but Milan Lucic played like a true beast in this one. No. 17 dished out five hits, a few of which were of the bone-crushing variety.

Carl Soderberg looked mighty impressive in his season debut. The Swedish forward notched an assist on Kelly's tally.

McQuaid looked solid after being the odd man out on the blue line for Boston's game against Florida Thursday night. No. 54 had the goal, was plus-2 and beat up on Nate Thompson after the former Bruin laid a questionable hit on him.

Kudos to Victor Hedman, who managed to be on the ice for all five of the Bruins' goals while doing darn near nothing to stop them. Former No. 2 overall pick, that Victor Hedman. Hoo boy.

Connolly's Critiques: I hate leaving this space blank, so I suppose I'll point out it wasn't all that great of a decision by Greg Campbell to fight B.J. Crombeen after the B's went ahead, 1-0. I get the whole don't-back-down mentality, but Crombeen won the bout by a large margin. Whether you buy into how real momentum is -- especially when it comes to fights -- is up to you, but I just see no personal or team gain for Campbell to get punched in the jaw a few times then sit in the box for five minutes.

Notes: Rask needed just 23 saves to notch the 17th shutout of his NHL career, moving him past Gilles Gilbert into ninth on the Bruins' all-time list in that category. ... Campbell was the only Bruins forward that didn't record a point. ... There were a total of three fights in this one: Campbell-Crombeen, McQuaid-Thompson and Jaroma Iginla vs. Radko Gudas. This judge has the Bruins winning two of the three throw-downs.

Final Thoughts: The Bruins lit up Bishop, no doubt, but this was a defensive clinic. I can only recall one high-quality stop in which Rask robbed a Bolt of a near-certain goal, and it came in the third on Steven Stamkos (man, was he quiet or what?) when the game was essentially over already.

Next: The Bruins will come home for a few days before they head to Buffalo for a game against the Sabres on Wednesday.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com